Help for Heroes are pleased to announce a further £29,000 in grant funding to the Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) to secure the continuation of a specialist Welfare Officer at Tedworth House Recovery Centre in Tidworth.
To date, we have now provided £75,000 to DMWS to ensure this important welfare specialist is available to support our wounded, injured and sick residents and their families at the Recovery Centre. Offering holistic, practical, and emotional help, the DMWS Welfare Officer is a crucial member of the Tedworth House team.
In addition to round-the-clock support, the DMWS Welfare Officer accompanies residents to their outside clinical or medical appointments and is able to report back to the team at Tedworth House Recovery Centre on any welfare needs that may arise. Once referred back to the Support Hub, the Welfare Office can ensure any new needs are assessed and picked up as swiftly as possible. He or she is responsible for the day to day welfare of all of the residents at Tedworth House Recovery Centre and of their visitors.
Giles Woodhouse, Centre Manager at Tedworth House said: “We are enormously grateful for the services of the DMWS, especially with the way that they facilitate that round-the-clock continuity. DMWS have the respect of the staff and the Personnel Recovery Centre and they are an intrinsic part of our safeguarding net. Help for Heroes are thrilled to be able to support the continuation of this key welfare role for another year of invaluable service.”
Band of Sisters member Rachel Elkins knows first-hand the invaluable support provided by the DMWS Welfare Officer:
“They are a true God send,” she said. “When my family needed someone to talk to or help us with certain appointments, they were there and that is so important. Knowing you have someone you can turn to and trust 100% is vital to recovery and coping with your situation. My husband was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and I am not sure we could have coped without our Welfare Officer, she has been so crucial to us as a family.”
Nicky Murdoch, Chief Executive, DMWS says; “We are delighted to have been awarded funding from Help for Heroes to continue our Welfare Service at Tedworth House. Our work compliments Team Tedworth and is an excellent example of Military charities working together to provide the best possible service to our Armed Forces”